Friday, September 17, 2010

Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado

We live in a world full of pain and suffering, Max Lucado's book is about finding a way to help those who are suffering and in pain as well as showing us how our life can have a lasting impact, one that lasts beyond our brief time on earth. Lucado hangs his entire message on the framework of the book of Acts. Each chapter focuses on a different portion of Acts and shows how we can apply it here and now to make a real change in a hurting world.

As always, Lucado's writing style is engaging and personal. His contemporary retellings of biblical stories are faithful and often humorous glimpses in what the biblical events might feel like in today's world. My favorite chapter was the chapter, Do Good Quietly, which shares the story of Ananias and Sapphira. He does an exceptional job of pulling out the lessons we need from a difficult text.

His personal anecdotes are often disarming because of his willingness to be humbled in them. I find Lucado's writing to be more of an encouraging hug and a cheer than the kick in the butt that some of us need. I personally prefer books that push the challenge button more often because, frankly, I need tough love and a kick in the butt tough challenge to motivate me.

I received this book after the September 10th deadline for review so I chose to read it carefully for my review rather than rush through it. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. Max Lucado is amazing...I think it must be a fabulous and meaningful book!!!

  2. I found this book to be challenging without being overly aggressive about it (if that makes sense!). I especially liked the way he presented chapters based on Acts.

  3. this book would be a challenge for me Melissa, as I am not much of a religious person. i grew up going to church every Sunday and did so until i was 18 years old. i remember the name "the Acts" incidentally. but from your review, the book sounds intriguing... i like the theory that our lives can be meaningful and have a positive impact.